Author: Seattle Area Archivists

Special Call to Action – National Archives Facility in Seattle

We were all surprised when we learned of the plan to close the National Archives facility in Seattle. Here are an update and information on how you can help.

In the weeks ahead, Attorney General Ferguson intends to file a lawsuit to stop the sale of the property.  He invites you or your organization to join as a plaintiff in this case. This will mean that you are a part of the lawsuit.  You can expect to sign a document called a common interest agreement and share a few words describing your organization and how you use the records at the Archives, and how you would be impacted if you could no longer access the records.
What they are asking for is a brief description of how you use the Archives. Here is a template to use for your paragraph.
Plaintiff [organization name] is [provide a brief description of the organization, including its mission/purpose]. [Description of the organization’s membership, connection to the Pacific Northwest or Alaska, and/or any other relevant details]. [Generally, describe your organization’s use of the National Archives at Seattle including any particular types of records that are important to and/or used by your organization]. [Explain why having access to these records is important to the organization and its mission].
If possible, please let Alice Stenstrom,, know ASAP if you will be providing a letter of support. The letter itself will be needed next week, in early January. More information will be provided if you agree to support this effort.
Thank you for considering helping keep important regional records in Seattle.
Alice Stenstrom
AKCHO President


SeArch Membership Raffle:

SeArch is pleased to be able to sponsor three annual memberships to help members who are facing financial hardship. To enter for a chance at having your membership sponsored, please submit your name and email address below. One entry per person. 

Deadline to enter: December 23
Names will be drawn on December 30 and winners will be notified prior to January 2021.

Enter here:

We invite you to renew or become a member! If you aren’t sure if you need to renew, please send us an email at and we can verify your current standing.

SeArch membership year runs January 1-December31. This means membership is paid for and renewed January 1st of each year, regardless of what month you originally joined in. Currently we are not set-up to send out automated individual reminders or track multiple enrollment periods. 

Note: PayPal is the preferred and recommended method, especially as physical access to the mailbox is limited due to the pandemic. If you want/need to send a check, please email us prior to mailing:

Student memberships are $10, Professional memberships are $15. For more details, please visit our website. Thank you!

If you have already renewed – THANK YOU! 🙂 

Call for Content for SeArch Newsletter:

New Feature: Snapshots!

Snapshots is an easy, low-effort, low time-investment way to share with others in our field . Simply email us 1-2 pictures from your day as an information professional with a brief caption!

Join in on the fun, see and share a moment in time in the day of an archivist! No limits – images can be your work from home set-up, pet and child co-workers, screenshots of current work, that book you are super into right now, anything related to your work. Email us:

New Feature: Get Social!

Get Social is another easy option!  Do you or your organization have a social media account (or several)? Do you know of a great social media account folks in our field would be interested in? Let us know the particulars and we will share it in the newsletter so others can find, follow, learn, and connect! Email us:

Professional Service Opportunity

Be the Washington State Representative for Northwest Archivists!

If you are interested in running or would like to nominate someone, please contact Nominating Committee Chair, Max Johnson, at

We’re also looking for folks to run for VP/Pres. Elect, Treasurer, and Alaska Rep. (if you have an AK archivist in mind).

If you have any questions about the requirements for any of these positions, you may consult the NWA policies (appendices B and C), or feel free to reach out to Steven Bingo at for information about being Washington State Rep.

Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship Applications Solicited

MAC is soliciting applications for the 2021 Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship for Students of Color ( The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to students of color pursuing graduate education in archival administration and to encourage ethnic diversification of the MAC membership and of the archival profession as a whole. Two $750 scholarships, accompanied by one-year memberships to MAC, will be awarded. 

In order to be eligible for a scholarship, the applicant must be of African, American Indian, Asian or Pacific Islander, or Latinx decent; must be a student currently enrolled in or accepted in a graduate, multicourse program in archival administration; and must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in their academic program. If the program is not listed in the SAA Directory of Archival Education,, the applicant must provide proof of the multicourse standard by submitting copies of course descriptions from the institution’s current departmental catalog. The applicant must also be either a resident of the MAC region or registered in a qualified program, onsite or online, that is based in the MAC region. 

Applications are due March 1, 2021 and must include the following documents: 

  • Completed Application Form, available at 
  • Transcript from the applicant’s most recent academic program (unofficial transcript is acceptable) 
  • Essay of not more than 500 words outlining the applicant’s interests and future goals in archival administration 
  • Two letters of recommendation. 

Completed applications should be sent to: 

Rebekah McFarland 

Certified Archivist 

Sisters of the Living Word 

Applications must be emailed by March 1, 2021. 

Awards will be announced no later than June 1, 2021.